Preparing for the new Endurance season in France

Lizzie Platts, resident in Brittany, sent us a welcome update on their start to the new season.

“Our training is going well… we’ve got 4 horses with our French trainer, Allan Leon, who was on the French silver medal team last year at the world championships in Samorin. It’s always so exciting, looking forward to the challenges a new season will bring.

The horses are:

Blackwater Raahid 6 years old bay gelding. He was the lucky recipient of a new WOW saddle made for him at the beginning of last year. 10 days ago he did his first competition of the year with me, a 40 km Young Horse ride at Guegon Brittany, and I was delighted with him.


Blackwater Shaheen 7 year old chestnut mare. Here she is in training for an FEI 85km 1* at Fontainebleau 31st March. (We are so lucky with the terrain in our area – miles of tracks, flat and hilly, to use for training, and even lovelier when the spring sunshine arrives!)

Blackwater Shukran 7 year old grey gelding also in training for an FEI 85km 1* at Fontainebleau 31st March; to be ridden by Allan.

Xanthus Adulaire 9 year old grey gelding in training for an FEI 120km 2* at Fontainebleau 1st April.”

And an update from Fontainebleau:

” Iwas delighted with Shaheen, she made light of the 85km and got her 1* qualification. Lizzie Platts Shaheen Fontainebleu 1 star Apr 2017


Blackwater Shukran, ridden by ourShukran and Shaheen Font 1 star Apr 2017 trainer Allan Leon was also successful in the 1* 85km, and was sold during the competition.  We wish his new owners every success with this lovely 7yo.



Carrot (Graham) unfortunately has not had such a good start to his season.  His ride Xanthus Adulaire  was lame at the second vet gate after 80km.

And then just before Easter Carrot fell through a roof and fractured his spine. He had an operation and came out of hospital after a few days. He should be ok but won’t be riding for a while!”

Everyone at Wow and we’re sure from the wider Endurance community wish Carrot a speedy recovery.


About firstthoughtequine

First Thought Equine manufactures original and innovative equine saddlery products, including Flair, the Air Flocking system, and WOW saddles. Our mission is to produce products that will improve and enhance equine performance. We have achieved this through testing, field trialing and prototyping over many years on all types of equines, in all disciplines.

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